March 14, International Mathematics Day: Activities in Chile and around the world

March 14, International Mathematics Day: Activities in Chile and around the world

The researcher of the Center for Mathematical Modeling, Adriana Piazza, will be present at the webinar “Playing with mathematics for society”, organized by UNESCO.

This Thursday, March 14, in more than 90 countries and with more than 1,100 different events, under the theme “Playing with Mathematics”, International Mathematics Day (IMD), proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will be celebrated.

Mathematics forms a timeless language without borders and without gender. From Ishango bones from Africa’s ancient Paleolithic civilizations of more than 20,000 years ago to the brilliant minds shaping our future – such as 2022 Fields Medal-winning Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska – mathematics has the ability to change the world. Through this year’s theme, we embrace the limitless potential of mathematics to drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through exploration, experimentation and new discoveries,” says Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO.

Webinar “Playing with mathematics for society”

Starting at 10:00 Chilean time (14:00 French time), UNESCO, the International Mathematical Union and the International Decade of Science for Sustainable Development 2024-2033, will develop in English and French language the webinar “Playing with Mathematics for Society” (FREE REGISTRATION), which will address the multiple ways in which playing with mathematics can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to the event’s website, “this is a very rich topic, as exemplified by the multiple meanings of the verb jugar (to play). In addition to math games, puzzles and other forms of edutainment, this year’s theme is an invitation to play with mathematics itself to explore, experiment and make new discoveries.”

Adriana Piazza, research associate at the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) and academic at the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEN) of the University of Chile, will be part of the panel discussion, along with Nana Browne Klutse from the University of Ghana, Martin Nowak from Harvard University in the United States and Eva Plaganyi-Lloyd from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia.

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Mathematics Week

In the Auditorium of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Santiago, at 11:30 am, the Chilean Ministry of Education will hold the ceremony of the International Mathematics Day. The activity includes a panel discussion where the Director of Transfer and Innovation and of the Education Laboratory of CMM, Salomé Martínez, will be present, together with CMM researchers and National Exact Sciences Award winners, Patricio Felmer (2011) and Jaime San Martín (2023).

In addition, the Secretary of State, Nicolás Cataldo, will launch the national competitions, in the context of the First National Mathematics Week, to be held from April 8 to 13 and organized with the Chilean Society of Mathematics Education (Sochiem), the Mathematics Society of Chile (Somachi) and the Santillana publishing house.


This year’s featured event by the International Mathematical Union is the Global South School Pairs Program, sponsored by the Simons Foundation and developed in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish. Over a period of several weeks leading up to or close to the IMD, more than 70 schools work in pairs to explore mathematical games and play with each other.

Ahmed Sidiki Diallo, coordinator of ASPnet (the UNESCO-affiliated schools network) in Burkina Faso, is leading the International Mathematics Day celebrations in that country. “For more than eight years, thousands of children in Burkina Faso have not been able to learn to count or use mathematical formulas. DIM fosters a love of mathematics and opens new horizons for those who are still in school. When will the rest of the children be given this opportunity?” he said.

DIM’s ambassador for the Arab world is Djamel Eddine Cheriet, who this year coordinates the Peer to School Program, said that “playing with mathematics is an effective method for integrating mathematical knowledge, creativity and reasoning while having fun. For the first time, a school pairing program between 20 classes from 5 Arab countries allows participating students to get to know each other and, through play, learn new skills and discover the beauty of mathematics.”

Rosa Alicia Cárdenas Puig, coordinator of the Peer Program in Cuba, assured that “there is great enthusiasm among students and teachers to get involved in this beautiful idea to celebrate International Mathematics Day. It creates an environment that attracts people”.

In addition, more than 2,300 participants (individuals, schools, and organizations) have submitted a photo for the MATH REMIX 2024 creative challenge. Starting March 14, the images will be available in a public collection accessible to everyone, under a free and open license.

Pi Day

The date March 14 is already known as “Pi Day” and is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is named after the important number π, the ratio of the length to the diameter of a circumference, which is approximately equal to 3.14. The celebration expands “Pi Day” to include the full spectrum of mathematics. Mathematical language and reasoning are accessible to everyone.

The IMD website is the main information center for International Mathematics Day,

By Alonso Farías Ponce, CMM journalist and Communications of the International Mathematical Union.

Posted on Mar 11, 2024 in News